California Business Sanctions by USDA under PACA Lifted

The USDA has recently announced that Parimar Inc., trading as D. DeFranco & Sons, has successfully fulfilled a $31,200 reparation order issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) for unpaid produce transactions. This allows the Los Angeles-based company to continue operating in the produce industry.

The officers and major stockholders of the business, Gerald S. DeFranco, Paul F. DeFranco, and Richard J. DeFranco, can now be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee. PACA serves as an administrative forum to resolve disputes related to produce transactions, often resulting in reparation orders issued by the USDA for damages owed when contractual obligations for buying and selling fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables are not met.

The USDA is required to suspend a business’s license or impose sanctions on those that fail to pay PACA reparations ordered against them, as well as impose restrictions on individuals determined to be responsibly connected to the business at the time of the order’s issuance. Once a reparation order is completely satisfied and all outstanding unpaid awards are settled, USDA lifts these employment restrictions on individuals connected to the business.

Individuals seeking more information on PACA and dispute resolution can contact Penny Robinson-Landrigan, Chief of the Dispute Resolution Branch at (202) 720-2890 or PACAdispute@usda.gov.

By Aiden Johnson

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